Norman Hugh Chamberlin (1927 - 2008)

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Norman Hugh Chamberlin passed away at the Madison Valley Hospital after a sudden illness on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2008. Norm was the oldest son of Lewis and Gladys (Thexton) Chamberlin, born on March 4, 1927, in Ennis. He was proud to say he was of pioneer stock of the Madison Valley. He grew up hunting and fishing with his Dad, Lewie. He graduated from Ennis High School in 1947 where he was active in football, basketball, track and played in the band. He went on to graduate from Montana State College in 1952. He was inducted into the Army and served in the Korean Conflict.

Norm married Eva Marguerite White of Helena in 1952. In 1955 Norman received a commission with the Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque, N.M., later moving to Frederick, Md., where he was in charge of many classified projects. After retiring from the Atomic Energy Commission he worked for Electronic Data Systems where he designed a computer systems library which was dedicated in his name when he retired. After retiring, he moved to Harlingen, Texas and then to Overton, Nev., where he spent the winter months. He returned to Ennis during the summer and resided with his mother, Gladys Chamberlin until her death. He lived for a time in Helena at Hunters Point but returned to the Madison Valley and was often heard to say "this will always be my home." At the time of his death, he resided at the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis and enjoyed visits from the local preschool children under the direction of his niece, Holly. All of the children loved to visit "Uncle Norm," which he was affectionately known by many.

Norm was the proud father of three very accomplished daughters, Julia (Jerry) Janowich, Jennifer and Jamie of Eldersburg, Md., Linda (George) Brodin, Kimberly (James) Stevenson, Kenneth and Melissa of Minturn, Colo., and Donna Chamberlin of Denver. He is also survived by his sister Dode Barnett and her family, Vurnie Kaye Barnett, Holly (Jerry) Clark and Scott of Ennis. Brother-in-law Jerry Toner of Helena and his family, Bill (Sally) Toner, Ashley and Ryan of Billings; Sheila (Larry) Larsen, Austin and Lauren of Billings; Maureen (VJ) Maddio, Megan, Jarrod and Cassidy of Helena; Brenda Toner of Missoula; and Katherine "Topsy" (JJ) Johnson, DJ and Cory of Sioux Falls, S.D., and ex-wife Eva Chamberlin of Albuquerque. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. He especially loved his friends at the Manor.

Norman loved animals and spent a great deal of his spare time defending their rights. He was President of the Humane Society of Frederick, Md., for two years and helped design and promote the building of the animal shelter. He was an avid ornithologist and participated in numerous bird rescues here in the United Trumpeter swans at the Red Rock Lakes National Refuge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his little sister, Freda Toner of Helena.

Our dad, brother, uncle and friend has gone on to bigger and better things but he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at a later date. K & L Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Madison Valley Hospital, Madison Valley Manor Activities Department, Trinity Episcopal Church in Ennis, the American Humane Society or charity of donor's choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2009
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